Thursday, April 25, 2013

Voracious Readers Like Thursday Review: Cryptozoica

I was inspired yesterday to group all of my indie book reviews into one place, so they can be more easily found.  Also there are a lot of crummy book review sites out there where people climb all over themselves to give someone free books, so I figure, why shouldn't I be into that racket?  I write book reviews and I like free stuff.

So if you have an indie book you'd like reviewed, contact me and hook me up with a free copy and I'll review it.  And spread the word!  Thanks.


Here's one of the books featured on that new blog:

This is one of my less sincere reviews I wrote for a former Facebook "friend."  I say former because I eventually realized it was all a one-way "friendship" and decided to purge him.  A lot of you people don't understand the Corleone-like system I use wherein when I scratch your back, I expect mine to be scratched in return.  If I give you a charity review (and purchase) and you do shit for me, well then fuck you.


Cryptozoica
By Mark Ellis
(5/5 stars)

A perennial hot button issue in science and religion is on the origin of life. Were humans created by God--in which case, whose God?--or by evolution or by something else entirely? In "Cryptozoica," Mark Ellis adds fuel to the fire by offering another theory on the origin of man that involves dinosaurs and some very special goo.

Like "The Da Vinci Code," the story also involves secret societies. In this case it's the School of Night, an ultra-secret club of scholars that included Charles Darwin himself. In the book's prologue, we learn that Darwin and the crew of the Beagle ran across the Tamtung islands, which were home to some very weird creatures. They didn't really know what to call them since the word "dinosaur" hadn't been invented yet.

Skip forward to the present. "Tombstone" Jack Kavanaugh is living on Little Tamtung along with his friend Crowe. They, along with an eccentric billionaire, tried to start a sort of Jurassic Park/dinosaur safari on Big Tamtung, but the venture was shut down after three people died. Now the School of Night is getting involved, along with some Asian gangsters who helped bankroll the original venture. This means that Jack, Crowe, and some new and old friends all have to return to Big Tamtung and unlock its secrets.

What secrets are those? You'll just have to read to find out.

"Cryptozoica" is a taut and engaging pulp adventure. If I have one complaint, it's that there wasn't enough of a body count. I wanted the dinos to munch a few more people. Still, this is a fun, exciting read with some great illustrations too that should bring to mind old school adventure stories like "The Lost World" while adding a little modern science and conspiracy theory to the mix to freshen it up.

That is all.

Tomorrow Box Office Blitz Continues!

10 comments:

  1. Dino-Munchies could be the next big thing Pat. I can never get enough good pulp adventures and I'm looking forward to Box Office Blitz!

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  2. Cool review. This sounds like something I'd like.

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  3. This was a really nice review. Thanks for sharing!

    www.modernworld4.blogspot.com

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  4. You are quite skillful at writing reviews, sharp, succinct and to the point.

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  5. I was distracted from the review by trying to figure out where I stood in your Corleone-like system. Do I owe you a review? Should I be having someone else start my blog in the morning?

    *gets up, yawns, stretches, looks at the foot of his bed where there is a tiny Scarlet Knight action figure head.*

    AIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

    Yep. I screamed like a little girl there.

    Anyway, this book sounds good. But I don't want to read it out of loyalty to you. DO YOU HEAR ME? I'M ON YOUR SIDE! NOW LET ME OUT OF THIS CAR TRUNK!

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  6. I think it's a good idea for you to have a review blog, but I don't see a link to it anywhere? Anyway, you seem to read fast enough to get a lot of reviews done.

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    1. It was a text link but for some reason the text of the link was the same. This is the link:
      http://grumpybulldogindie.blogspot.com/

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  7. That sounds like some sort of rip-off/unofficial sequel to "Jurassic Park." If done well, that could work

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  8. I kept thinks Jurassic park II and maybe a little King King. It sounds fun.

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